August 25, 2003

“OK Joe, bout 3 minutes away.’

Wait, was this REALLY happening? Was 5 years of busting my ass about to come true?

‘OK Joe, after this last commercial, Neil will be tossing to you.’

The producer was talking in my ear. My first true live shot for the morning show on WKRN (channel 2) was 30 seconds away.

I was about to puke. I wanted to run. Fast. And far. That, be careful what you wish for line, was all I could think about it.

But I wasn’t going to. Not now. I had been told no so many times about becoming a reporter and doing things on TV, it became comical. I sent resume tape after resume tape out and got zero bites. The definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So I completely redid my resume tape and got several offers almost immediately.

But I wanted to work at channel 2. They didn’t give me one look, despite being there 5 years. LONG story short, thanks to a General Manager, one Mike Sechrist, my dream came true. My immediate boss is/was clueless but Mike wasn’t and Mike’s opinion is all that matters and he believed in me.

‘Here we go Joe. Standby.’

Let’s do this.

‘We now go to a brand new feature on the show, our Joe Dubin, he is live at the Waffle House where we are all about to have some fun. Joe?’

Boom and we were off. August 25th, 2003.

I never looked back. So many doors slammed in my face, but it didn’t matter now. I had busted my ass to that point and people had noticed.

Thank God. I was off and running. I look back now 10 years later and I am stunned at how it all came together. I spent the better part of those 3 years on the morning show, meeting some incredible people and having some wonderful times. I moved to sports full time in August of 2006.

‘OK, guys, that is what will be doing but the main thing is, we are going to have fun!. See ya tomorrow. Back to you.’

Holy hell, I just got to say ‘Back to you’ on TV. The internship, the low pay, the working 3 jobs while I got through college, the countless hours, etc, all paid off.

Thank you Jesus.

I never imagined that 1o years later, I would have been nominated

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11 times for an EMMY award. I won one. And that I would have received 2 Edward R. Murrow awards, basically the gold standard in TV. Never. Imagined.

There is a lot more to this story but for now, this is good. I remember August 25th, 2003, for what not happened that day, but before and since then.

I tell this story to schools and groups about my career and how I get here. It is the like the guy traveling across the desert with his family and he is tired and hungry. It is night time and he sees a house with a light on. He knocks on the door. And knocks and keeps knocking. And knocks some more. Finally, the homeowner comes down and says, ‘The only reason, the ONLY reason I am opening this door, is that you will not stop knocking.’

My friends, NEVER stop knocking.

Thank you Mike Sechrist, Anthony May, Dan McDonald, Jay Korff, Boyd Sadler, Al Devine, Andy Cordan and Nancy Smith. I am forever indebted to you.



  1. Donna August 26, 2013 1:02 am  Reply

    You did exactly what Jesus said to do in Luke 11:
    5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

    9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

    Keep on knocking down doors, my friend!!

    • Joe Dubin August 27, 2013 12:47 pm  Reply

      Thank you! Very much!

  2. Jerry August 26, 2013 2:02 am  Reply

    Good work Joe! I love that you tell your story. I love you talk to folks young and old , it’s inspirational and appreciated. I see folks with so much potential that is stymied because they won’t knock or or walk through doors. Good message and we are proud to call you friend! Keep up the good work!

  3. Brutus August 26, 2013 4:43 am  Reply

    I can’t believe you forgot to thank Roy Napper and I thought it was like 100 jobs instead of 3?

    Very happy for you and you’re hands down the toast of Nashville. Wikipedia needs you!

    You’ve come a long way and you still kill me!

    • Joe Dubin August 27, 2013 12:46 pm  Reply

      I would LOVE to kill you. LOVE to!

  4. Tick Bryan August 26, 2013 4:07 pm  Reply

    I saw that episode at Waffle House. Enjoyed what you did. You are an inspiration to people you don’t even know.

    • Joe Dubin August 27, 2013 1:53 am  Reply

      I really appreciate that. Thank you!!

  5. Jim Ford August 27, 2013 2:37 am  Reply

    That was a great story! I was working across town at the time. You guys always looked like you were having fun. Glad I got to work with you and know you for 2 of those years of your tv career. And don’t feel bad, The boss who hated you hated me too.

    • Joe Dubin August 27, 2013 12:46 pm  Reply

      Thanks Jim! I miss talking to you and I don’t miss working at 2. I miss a lot of good people there though….

  6. Ken Wilson August 27, 2013 3:10 am  Reply

    Great story Joe!! I remember it like it was yesterday!!
    Ken Wilson

    • Joe Dubin August 27, 2013 12:45 pm  Reply

      Ken, thank you! You are one of the big reasons I was able to do it. I can’t thank you enough!

  7. Brooke August 27, 2013 2:13 pm  Reply

    Who was that crazy producer in your ear?!? I remember that day Joe. Congrats!

    • Joe Dubin August 30, 2013 1:19 am  Reply

      Heck yes, the awesome, most awesome, Brooke Barrett!!

  8. Beka August 30, 2013 1:16 am  Reply

    Joe Joe, you are truly an inspiration to me. You are what every TV/Radio/Famous personality should be. You are faithful to your fans/followers and are an all-around great and funny guy. Thanks for being awesome because, it’s the SMART ALTERNATIVE.

    • Joe Dubin August 30, 2013 1:18 am  Reply

      Aww, Bekks! thank you so much…that is really very nice…..thank you!!!

  9. domain name data August 26, 2016 2:28 am  Reply

    I’m a new fan, and all I know about is now and NOW is fantastic. Glad you never gave up, and always remember “we are blessed to be a blessing!”

  10. domain name data August 26, 2016 2:30 am  Reply

    Awesome story, Joe – I look for you every day on Ch4. Just not the same without saying “There’s Joe!” We’re all so glad you kept at it and didn’t give up. Looking forward to many more years!

    • Joe Dubin September 20, 2016 1:46 am  Reply

      Thank you for the kind words!

  11. brenda pursley August 25, 2017 4:24 pm  Reply

    Love you on the Sports on. WSMV4. You make the sports so much fun to Watch. Hope you are there for many years to come. The whole Sports Team!!

    • Joe Dubin September 11, 2017 2:30 am  Reply

      You are so sweet…thank you!!

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